Harvard College senior Mary Davies ’13 has been named a Global Health Fellow with Medical Missionaries. Davies, a social science and global health policy concentrator, will defer attending medical school for one year to work at St. Joseph’s Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti. At the clinic, Davies and the other fellows will assist staff, oversee community health programs such as a school lunch program and a water purification program, and help visiting teams of doctors, nurses, and dentists.Davies has held leadership positions in several community development projects in Cambridge. She has also tutored middle-school students, served as a peer counselor through the Cambridge After School Program, and volunteered as an HIV/AIDS educator in Tanzania, where she studied gender issues in Tanzania and in South Africa. She intends to pursue a joint M.D.-M.P.H. program following her fellowship.
Six Nations under threat Rugby officials gathered in the French capital to consider if more alterations are needed to the calendar for the final two rounds of the Six Nations Championship.The March 7 game between Ireland and Italy in Dublin has already been postponed but officials determined that no further changes were needed — at least for now.”So far, apart from the Ireland v Italy match for our senior men’s event, all matches are OK to take place but governments might decide otherwise and we need to be prepared for any eventuality,” said a spokeswoman.The UAE Tour, an early season cycling warm-up that featured four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, was cut short last week after a coronavirus scare.Looking ahead, concerns are deepening over this year’s main sports event, the Tokyo Olympics, which is due to begin on July 24.Hundreds of thousands of spectators, athletes and officials will converge on Japan for the Games.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said last week his organization was “fully committed” to holding the Games in Tokyo as planned despite the widening coronavirus outbreak.Ominously, the decision will depend on factors over which Olympic officials exert no control, and sports federations are already wringing their hands over disruption and forced cancellation of qualifying events for the global showpiece. Sport is no exception.In Italy, the European country with the highest number of deaths at 52, the outbreak wreaked havoc with Serie A football matches at the weekend.Six games were postponed, including the clash between defending champions Juventus and title rivals Inter Milan in Turin, originally scheduled to be the showpiece match on Sunday evening.The Italian government has signed a decree that stops sporting activity in the northern regions that have been worst hit by the virus until March 8, unless it is held behind closed doors.That decision means another five matches next week can only go ahead if played in empty stadiums.The Italian league has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday in which discussions will be held on how to manage the fixture chaos.The International Ski Federation (FIS) has also said that it will decide on Friday whether or not the alpine skiing World Cup finals scheduled for later this month in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a host venue for the 2026 Winter Olympics, will go ahead.Football in Asia has been massively disrupted, with the start of Japan’s J-League postponed till mid-March and a hugely rearranged fixture list for the continental competitions.On Monday, the Swiss football league also announced that its top two divisions had been suspended until March 23. Topics : The coronavirus is disrupting sport around the world with the MotoGP races in Qatar and Thailand postponed, a host of football matches put off to a later date and increasing concerns surrounding the Tokyo Olympics later this year.The virus has already cast a long shadow over the start of the MotoGP season with this Sunday’s curtain raising Qatar Grand Prix called off, followed by the March 22 race in Thailand.”I don’t say it’s cancelled, I just say it is postponed until time allows us to do [the event],” Anutin Charnvirakul, chairman of the Thailand MotoGP organizing committee, told AFP. One of the early races in the Formula One season, the Shanghai Grand Prix on April 19, has already been postponed although organizers say the season-opening race in Australia on March 15 will go ahead as planned.Olympic chiefs are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Lausanne to discuss the impact of the virus on preparations for the summer Games in Tokyo, and to address the unthinkable — scrapping world sports’ global showpiece for the first time in peace time.Other events are under immediate threat. The remaining matches in the 2020 Six Nations rugby union tournament were at risk but an emergency meeting of the organizers in Paris on Monday made no immediate changes to the calendar.The virus has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, mainly in China, and its effects are being felt across the global economy.
June 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8. Associated Press The Latest: NHL says 26 players have reported positive tests Monday’s update includes four additional cases among those tested at team facilities, to go along with the 11 announced June 19. The league says it’s aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol.The NHL said more than 250 players who worked out at team facilities were administered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests.The league and players are in the final stages of agreeing to resume the season. Training camps can open as early as July 10 if an agreement on testing, health and safety protocols and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Seventy down, 18 and 44 to go.The Wisconsin men’s tennis team is on the hunt for more top-ranked opponents as it travels this weekend to face No. 18 Michigan, followed by No. 44 Michigan State. This will be the Badgers’ first conference road trip.Wisconsin is coming off of a solid weekend after a successful match against Northwestern. This first conference win of the season was especially eventful considering the No. 70 Wildcats are nationally ranked.Wisconsin has not yet faced either Michigan team in a conference match this year. However, the Badgers encountered both the Wolverines and the Spartans at the ITA Midwest Regional in October. Marek Michalicka, the overall No. 2 seed, dominated Michigan’s Justin Rossi (6-3, 6-2) and then took down Michigan State’s Denis Bogatov (6-4, 6-4).Not all Badgers were successful though. Michigan State’s John Stratton defeated Wisconsin freshman Alex Robles (6-1, 2-6, 6-2). The doubles duo of Robles and redshirt freshman Alex Teppert also struggled against the Spartans, losing to Bogatov and Ron Hulewicz.The Badgers have had a glimpse of both Michigan teams, but have not faced the full roster for either. Michigan sophomore Evan King will be appearing against the Badgers for the first time this year. However, what he brings to the court will be no surprise. King was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season and he has lived up to his reputation so far this year. He has built a 12-match win streak and is 14-1 in dual matches, all at No. 1 singles. In the ITA singles ranking, King ranks No. 21. King also appears with senior Jason Jung in doubles. The pair is 10-8 this season.Michalicka will have his hands full with King this weekend. Having been named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after his first collegiate season just as King was, Michalicka is familiar with the caliber of player it takes to earn such a high honor. Although King is the anticipated No.1 singles player, it was Jung who was victorious against Michalicka last season. Michalicka had been undefeated until the meeting with Jung when he lost 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. The Wolverines would go on to win the dual 4-3 when Wisconsin’s Billy Bertha fell to Chris Madden in a very close third set.Michalicka had better luck against Michigan State’s No. 1 player Hulewicz last season. To open the dual, Michalicka paired with Mortiz Baumann to defeat the Spartans Austin Brooks and John Stratton. Hulewicz did not play in a doubles match prior to facing Michalicka, however, his fresh legs were no match for the No. 21-ranked Wisconsin powerhouse. Aside from the strong Wolverine pair of Jung and King, Wisconsin’s duos hope to redeem themselves against Bogatov and Hulewicz. Against Northwestern this past weekend the doubles teams lost all three matches to the Wildcats. Each match was close, but not one of the pairs could pull out a win, putting all the pressure on the singles players. For UW, senior captain Michalicka won a hard fought 4-3 match.Wisconsin’s singles lineup has recently been almost swept by the University of California, Irvine. Wisconsin’s Fredrik Ask was the only player to have success in singles during the dual match.
STUBA: Tantalising Thailand Source = STUBA Take a trip with Stuba to Tantalising Thailand. Thailand has been one of the Aussie favourites for approaching 20 years. It has top resorts, exciting nightlife, and the dollar stretches further than other destinations. Even more family friendly than years past, there are dozens of top cities and towns where your clients would be happy as Larry.Phi Phi Island is the more grown up, family friendly, and slightly more mature destination, while Bangkok is a city full of excitement, fun and nightlife.Stuba is constantly updating their Thai inventory and contracts to get the best deals for travel agents. The quality of the resorts these days is staggering, with significant effort being made to improve the overall experience for the thai tourist.Here’s 5 fab things to do in Thailand, in no particular order !1.Bangkok By Night: Its hot in Bangkok…very hot. So hot that best way to tour is often at night. The Bangkok night tours (by tuk-tuk of course), take in some of the best food trucks, night time hot spots, and the amazing illuminated Wat Pho temple. Food is included, and the hectic traffic of day time becomes a non issue. Stop offs include the night markets, helping you collect you quota of gifts for folks back home.2. Private Boatride to Koh Tapu (James Bond Island). The world famous island with a superb beach, is available by speedboat; just like James did. When there, snorkeling, canoeing, or just relaxing on the beach (Naka Noi) will help unwind the weary, and invigorate the dozy.3. Chiang Mai Zipline: Set in the beautiful pristine rainforest, the zipline tour is one of the longest in Asia. From treetop to treetop, feel the air fly past your hair in this fun and relaxing adventure. With over 30 platforms, your will catch glimpses of fauna such as Gibons and wild birds. Thy usually throw in free meals and refreshments.4. Jungle Safair In Koh Samui: Escape the crowded beach and head for a 6 hour 4×4 tour, taking in the island sbeutiful flora and fauna in an adventure that wont be forgotten. Side trips to the Magic Buddha Garden, and take lunch in an amazing location including the superb Namuang Waterfall.5. A trip to Thailand would not be complete without a tour of the spectacular Grand Palace in Bangkok, and the river of kings. A private tour boat will take you through the canals of Bangkok (nicknamed the Venice of the East). The Grand Palace originally was the residence of the King of Siam. Highlites include gazing upon the most holiest statue carved from Jade, the Wat Phra Kaew. When finished, there is plenty of time for a Thai massage (back in town) and a watermelon refreshment.